My French Odyssey

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My French Odyssey
My name is Monica Jones. I am a New Yorker living in France. A little over a year ago, I packed up my things and moved myself, my cats and my horse across the ocean. My French Odyssey is the story of that journey.
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  • From Australia To Morocco With Love 2 months ago I had been in France for about 5 months when I finally received the date and time for my appointment with the OFII. (The office where they certify your visa application with an interview and medical exam.) I was a bit concerned about the exam.  I had never been overly fond of doctors but the...
  • The Adventures of Gus The Raccoon 4 months ago During the Hell of 2014, I wrote a series of mini adventures about a raccoon I named Gus.  It served as a good distraction from everything going on, a way to lighten what was a very, very dark time in my life.  I figured I would share his story with you. Because I spent the […] The post The...
  • A (French) Car Is Born 4 months ago After two inspections, another technical certification and some minor modifications to the car itself, Antoine and I took The Hybrid for its final inspection. It was near Paris in a little town called Montlhery. When we passed the gated checkpoint, complete with ID review and name tags, we were...
  • The French Connection 4 months ago Not long after I arrived, one of the members of the tennis club, Dominique, asked me if I would mind being interviewed for the local magazine, Votre Ville. (I can’t speak to whether this is the norm in every city here in France but in Chartres, they produce two full-color magazines each month)...
  • The Illusive Carte Grise 5 months ago I was a bit of a novelty here. Giggly, unassuming, often loud and always smiling, I think in many ways people weren’t quite certain what to make of me. Given the fact that the French tend to be very somber and morose, (complaining is the national pastime) I was very unorthodox. With Jayne, it...

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